Connecting Learning Institutions: Building Regional Learning Ecologies and Pathways

As Chief Public Engagement Officer and Roberts Dean of Education, Elizabeth C. Babcock, Ph.D. is responsible for creating and implementing engaging exhibits, public engagement and education programs for the California Academy of Sciences. She seeks to ignite a lifelong curiosity about—and love for—the natural world among all of the visitors, students and educators who come in contact with the institution.

Babcock was honored by the White House in 2013 as a Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States and was recognized in 2011 as one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. Before joining the Academy in 2010, Babcock was the Vice President of Education and Library Collections for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University, and a B.A. in Psychology and a B.M. in Music Education from Northwestern University.

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